One major drain on your time, and as a result an enemy to your productivity, is that black box in the corner of your living room (and probably in a couple of other rooms in your house, too) — the T.V. Television can swallow up huge chunks of time, and keep us away from what we need to do. One of the most dangerous things about TV is that it makes time pass without you noticing that it is passing. You can sit down to watch it for a couple of minutes and, before you know it, a few hours are gone and you have nothing to show for it.
The ultimate solution would probably be to get rid of our televisions entirely, but I don´t advocate that. How would we watch football games if we didn´t have a TV? Life wouldn´t be worth living without football. Still, there are all sorts of steps that we can take to get back in control of our TV viewing and make ourselves more productive as a result. This week we will be looking at all sorts of ways to get rid of your TV habit. We´ll look at four tips today, five more on Wednesday, and end the week with five tips on Friday.
1) Only watch what you plan to watch — Don´t just sit down and turn on the TV. You can convince yourself that any program is worth watching, no matter how boring, if you don´t have a plan. Use the TV Guide to decide what you want to watch and limit yourself to watching those programs.
2) Turn it off when the show is over — When you sit down to watch a program, quit watching TV when that show is over. It is too easy to leave the TV on and get caught in other shows just because you want to procrastinate.
3) Use your sleep timer — If your TV has a sleep timer, use it. Set it so that the TV will automatically turns off when the show you are watching ends. If you don´t have the discipline to stop watching on your own, let the TV do the work for you.
4) Don´t watch and eat — Many people combine eating and watching TV. They grab a meal and sit in front of the tube to watch it. If you don´t do that you may actually pay attention to what you are eating and you may enjoy it more. Instead of watching TV, use meal time to think about your day, plan your next actions, or, heaven forbid, have a conversation with someone.